| By Dean Bielanowski
Olympus E-300 User Information, FAQ and Lens Page
I have owned the E-300 for about 4 months now. It is an 8
megapixel digital SLR camera that uses interchangeable lenses.
The kit comes with a 14-45mm lens, but a second kit can be
purchased with both the 14-45mm and 40-150mm lenses, and this
kit offers excellent value for money. This is a great camera
for anyone looking to migrate from point and shoot to a
digital SLR. This camera has all the features of your regular
point and shoot camera, including auto-focus modes and "P"
mode, which is the basic point and shoot function, i.e. it
will set shutter speed and aperture automatically for you. It
also offers a full compliment of manual functions to give you
full control of the exposure as well as manual focus options
via the lens focus ring.
The built-in flash is also quite good as a default option, but
you might want to consider an "add-on" flash if you plan on
doing a lot of indoor shooting. Olympus make and sell several
flash units for the camera, but I'd go with the Olympus FL-50
flash if you have the money. It is the most powerful flash in
the Olympus line and works great with the E-300. If money is
tight, the FL-36 flash is about half the cost and still a good
option for indoor or low-light photography.
If you take your photography seriously, you
probably want to buy some additional lenses for your E-300.
The lenses that come with the kits are not too bad really as
basic starters. Much better than lenses sold in kits with
other brand cameras, but to get the best results out of your
E-300, you will want some of the better lenses available for
it. Olympus has a small, but growing range of high-quality
Digital Zuiko lenses for the E-system cameras, and you can see
many of them in the table below. These lenses will give the
best and sharpest results when used with your E-300, and they
are highly rated against the competition. Many are top of
their class. You will get the best results using the Digital
Zuiko lenses, although you can also use some older manual
focus Olympus OM lenses if you have them. Be careful however,
as not all old film lenses will work well with the E-300, and
you will need the Olympus OM to four thirds converter to
attach them to your camera. Some Tamron lenses will also work
if you have both the Tamron > OM Apadtall converter and the OM
> four thirds converter. I tried an older Tamron 80-250mm lens
and didn't really have much success. Images were soft and out
of focus, but I have heard some Tamron lenses from their SP
range are a little better. The Olympus 50mm f1.8 film lens is
also apparently very good on the E-system cameras.
Find the best price on the E-300 here...
Lenses Available for the E-300 Series
Zuiko Digital 50-200mm
f/2.8 - 3.5
high-performance digital specific telephoto zoom lens
that's one of the lightest and most compact in its class.
This Zuiko Digital Lens includes 3 ED glass lens elements
to correct chromatic aberrations and features a maximum
aperture of f3.5. Like all Zuiko Digital Lenses, the
barrel and all connections are designed using all-metal
components and rubber seals make it highly resistant to
dust and moisture. The 50-200mm zoom comes with a lens
case, lens hood, removable tripod adaptor front and rear
lens caps. Equivalent of 100-400mm in 35mm photography!
What's in the Box:
50-200 millimeter f2.8-3.5 Zuiko Digital Zoom lens, lens
hood (LH-70B), lens case (LSC-7), tripod adapter
(TRA-72), lens cap (LC-67), lens rear cap (LR-1),
instruction manual, warranty card
Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8 - 3.5
our renowned Digital Specific LensTM
line, the 14-54mm is a portable, high-quality Digital
Zuiko wide-angle zoom that provides edge-to-edge
sharpness and superb color reproduction. The fast
f2.8/3.5 aperture makes it ideal for low-light situations
while rendering a bright viewfinder image in the camera
for easy focus and composition.
The 14-54mm f2.8/3.5 Zuiko
Digital Lens features 15 elements in 11 groups, including
3 aspherical glass elements to minimize aberration and
ensure sharp and accurate edge-to-edge detail. The
smaller, lighter 14-54mm Zuiko Digital Zoom lens provides
the power of a 28-108mm lens in 35mm photography.
Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f/3.5 - 4.5
interchangeable Zuiko Digital 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 lens
(equivalent to 80-300mm in 35mm photography) is perfect
for everything from portraits to sports scenes. It
features a 3.8x zoom, a f3.5-4.5 brightness for effects
like background blurring and compression, a new
multi-coating and reliable metal lens mount, along with
13 elements in 10 groups and a weight of just 15.75
oz./450 grams (approx.)
you are looking for a longer zoom option, the 40-150mm
Zuiko lens is ideal and comes at a very affordable price
for the quality of lens you are buying. Great for sports,
wildlife, or general shooting and is very compact and
light. Makes a great accompanying lens to the 14-45
included in the standard E-300 kit. This lens has better
optics and is sharper than the kit lens too!
Zuiko Digital 11-22mm f/2.8 -
you need wide angle lenses with great performance and
fast apertures, Zuiko Digital Wide Zoom lenses can
deliver. The superb optics are designed specifically for
digital photography - delivering the highest image
quality - with their design highlighted by two aspherical
glass lens elements that help prevent aberrations and
distortions. These elements combine with new
multi-coating on the first two lenses, which contributes
to the removal of ghost or glare that can occur with a
wide-angle lens, so clarity of images is obtained at all
distances. Floating focusing system results in close
focusing distance of 0.28m (11.02 inches) for close-up
macro shots. Ideal for professional use.
Designed to perfectly match the imager so light strikes
the sensor directly, ensuring rich, accurate colors!
Zuiko Digital 150mm f/2.0
high-performance telephoto lens that boasts high image
quality and carrying ease. Extremely portable and
designed specifically for digital photography – like all
of its Zuiko Digital counterparts – this lens features a
large maximum aperture of f2.0 (perfect for low light
situations as well) and both ED and Super ED glass lens
elements for outstanding sharpness and color.
150mm f2.0 Zuiko Lens, Lens Hood,
Lens Case LSC-0918, Instruction Manual, Warranty Card.
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